FFrequently Asked Questions
When will the proposed law appear on the ballot?
If the required number of signatures is obtained, the initiative petition question will appear on the November 2022 ballot.
Can my church legally collect signatures during services?
Yes! Your church has a constitutional right to take a stand relative to an issue or ballot question. Signature collection right in the pews is 100% legal. Moreover, for this petition, Cardinal O'Malley has issued a statement (click HERE) strongly encouraging the allowance of signature gathering.
What about other locations? Can I collect at grocery stores and shopping malls?
Yes, while it is a good idea to ask permission or reserve a spot ahead of time (so you are not competing with the Boy Scouts, etc.), signature collection in public places cannot be prohibited. And you cannot be turned away from plazas based on the CONTENT of the petition. This scenario may be evident if, in the past, signature gatherers on other petitions were permitted at the same location. If you have any problems, please contact us and our attorneys will remind store management of your First Amendment petition rights.
Who can sign the petition?
Any person registered to vote in Massachusetts is eligible to sign the petition. Each petition contains the voters of only the town named at its bottom.
Are there any restrictions on who can collect signatures?
There are no restrictions. Thus, someone who is not registered to vote can collect signatures as well as someone who is not yet age 18.